Lace and Ribbon Pumpkins Makeover

Fall is my favorite time of year, and one of the things I look forward to every fall is creating a few new projects like the one I’m sharing with you today… quick and easy lace and ribbon pumpkins makeover.

After I shared my DIY repurposed front door fall owl last week I went to my local dollar store to see if I could find any crafting pumpkins.

orange dollar store pumpkins

Even though there wasn’t a lot left, they put things out so early these days, I did manage to snag one netted bag of small plastic orange pumpkins for $2.

They sat for a few days while I was trying to decide what to do with them. I knew I was going to cover them with something, but I have to say that the orange was really throwing me off.

Do I spray paint them, I asked myself?

I could have done that but it’s been way too windy here lately, and I never spray paint inside.

One day when I was messing around with them I accidentally put a large nick into one of them.

peeling off plastic coating from orange dollar store pumpkins


At first I didn’t think so, but that oopsie turned out to be the best thing that could have happened.

Did you know that you can peel these pumpkins like an orange?

I had no idea!

Since I’m not really crazy about orange pumpkins, and I was going to cover them with something anyways, I decided to peel them all.

white styrofoam exposed after peeling orange plastic coating off dollar store pumpkins

Here they are in the buff. So much better.

Underneath that nasty plastic was this  lovely white styrofoam.

This is the blank canvas that I was looking for. It actually cleared my mind and suddenly I could see exactly what I wanted to do.

ribbon and trim supplies

I recently thirfted this bag of ribbons, trims, and laces for $2.

lace and ribbon supplies

Check out this mixture of vintage and newer goodies that were in that bag.

pretty lace and ribbon supplies

And here’s the laces and ribbons that I pulled out to work with.

The two spools are from another thrifted stash.

There’s a full list of supplies that I used to create these lace and ribbons pumpkins later in this post, so please check it out.

Quick and Easy Lace and Ribbon Pumpkins

measuring circumference of pumpkin with sewing measuring tape

After removing the stem, the first thing to do is measure around the pumpkin, and then cut your lace and ribbon pieces to length.

This pumpkin had ten sections, so I needed five 8 inch pieces of lace and ribbon

gluing lace onto styrofoam dollar store pumpkins

I simply glued on the lace with my hot glue gun, using a toothpick to press the lace in place so I didn’t burn my fingers.

I’m not a fan of having hardened hot glue all over my fingertips.

gluing pink lace onto styrofoam pumpkin

The lace then goes over the raised sections of the pumpkin, around the bottom, and is glued on the other side.

Just make sure not to cover up the hole that the stem goes into.

Mini dollar store pumpkin covered with pink lace

When you’re finished there will be styrofoam showing in between the lace, but that’s ok and is actually the idea.

Here’s where a pretty ribbon comes in.

gluing ribbon between lace sections on mini pumpkin

The ribbon goes over the indented sections of the pumpkin where the styrofoam is peeking through.

gluing pink ribbon between the pink lace

This gives this sweet little pumpkin some definition, and makes it more interesting to look at.

Finished pink ribbon and lace pumpkin

When I was done I just popped the stem back into place. You could spray paint the stem if you wanted to, but I like the contrast of its dark color and texture.

This pretty in pink pumpkin is the first of four lace and ribbon pumpkins that I made in about 45 minutes.

Supplies used for lace and ribbon pumpkins

– small craft size pumpkins
– misc ribbons and laces
– measuring tape
– Hot glue sticks
– measuring tape
– toothpicks

orange dollar store mini crafting pumpkins

So here’s what they were.

How to create quick and easy lace and ribbon pumpkins using dollar store mini crafting pumpkins

And here’s what three of them are now.

The blue lace pumpkin has a lovely contrasting multi-colored trim, and the pink roses ribbon on the green lace gourd is so pretty.

When I took the above picture I felt like something was missing.

Even though I unplugged my glue gun it was still hot.

Dollar store crafting pumpkin makeover into pretty lace and ribbon pumpkins

So I quickly made this sweet little pale pink lace and ribbon pumpkin. I think this little one took me all of five minutes.

These lace and ribbon pumpkins are a great way to use up bits and pieces of ribbons, trims, and laces.

Like I shared with my no sew flannel pumpkins that I made last year, decorative pumpkins don’t have to be orange.

They can be any color or combo of colors that your autumn heart desires.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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Turn orange plastic dollar store pumpkins into pretty lace and ribbon pumpkins with this quick and easy makeover
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  1. Awww. Your peeled pumpkins are adorable Tuula!


  2. ColleenB.~Tx. says:

    OMG. Those are totally Awesome

  3. I just love these little pumpkins and thanks again for your wonderful imagination! I have acquired tons of the same lace in many colours and now I have a wonderful craft idea to use some of it up!


    1. Thanks very much Pam! Those laces are so pretty and are perfect for this kind of project.

  4. I so enjoy your postings and your imagination. Everything you do is so colorful and clever.
    I always look forward to see what your doing next. Keep up the good work. Thanks.


  5. How pretty! I absolutely *LOVE* your lacy pumpkins! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures


  6. Girl, you are amazing! Your pumpkins are just precious!! Pinning! Dona

  7. So cute! I never expected ribbon and lace to look so good on a pumpkin! I have a lot of the same ribbon. Now to find some pumpkins amidst the Christmas stuff already out!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! Christmas stuff already out? Yikes! You’re way ahead of me. 🙂

  8. Rebecca Payne says:

    I simple love your pumpkins. Great Job!